South Viet Nam: The Shattered Filigree

To Saigon's cynics, it seemed like old home week. There, once again, were the Skyraiders of Air Force Commander Nguyen Cao Ky circling the capital on the lookout for armored columns; there stood the government tanks in a protective cordon around national police headquarters; and there came the worried voice of the Premier over the radio, urging calm and asking help from all to "eliminate the traitors so as to maintain the stability which is necessary for final victory." Another coup had been nipped in the bud.

This one, according to Premier Phan Huy Quat, was instigated by the...

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